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  • Exam Success, Marina Baeva (Moscow)

    The way to real success.

    Достоинства:

    A book “Exam Success” is a real addition to every student’s book of any publishers if you desire to pass the exam in English successfully. In this book there are various exercises which are developing different skills in Listening, Reading, Grammar and Vocabulary, Writing and Speaking. Listening has three parts: Matching, Choosing between three-option answers: TRUE, FALSE, NOT STATED, Choosing one of the three options in multiple choice questions. Reading also has three parts: Matching, Inserting clauses into gaps in a text, Multiple choice questions about a text. Grammar and Vocabulary has three parts, too: Correcting forms grammatically, World building, Multiple-choice cloze. Writing has two parts: Informal letter and Opinion essay. Speaking has three units covering useful skills for RSE Speaking: Monologue and Dialogue. Each unit is divided into two sections which teach general skills and apply these skills to the RSE format. Each chapter ends with suggested approach which is useful to build a strategy in preparing for RSE. Exercises are very interesting for teenagers, because they are close to their lives. They are also interesting for teachers, because they are clear to explain, practice and focus students. In this book mechanisms of modern teaching work completely.

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    No shortcomings

  • Очень хорошее пособие

    Для страноведения на начальном этапе обучения - незаменимая книга.

    Достоинства:

    Достоинство этой книги в том, что Macmillan разработал учебное пособие, которое можно использовать не только при уровне Intermediate и выше (как многие другие пособия), но и на этапе обучения, когда уже знаешь не мало, но еще и не много, а именно Pre-Intermediate. Есть возможность познакомить как детей, так и взрослых с историей, обычаями и традициями страны, язык которой они изучают. Книга оформлена очень красочно внутри, что позволяет не только читать, но и отвлечься на пару минут и уделить внимание иллюстрациям. Интересные факты выделены отдельным цветом, что тоже очень здорово и познавательно! Но, и конечно, упражнения в конце книги позволяют собрать воедино всю полученную информацию и посмотреть в каком направлении стоит поработать.

    Недостатки:

    Единственный недостаток, который отмечен, это история Англии. Не смотря на то, что она написана вкратце, все равно получается объемно и для некоторых читателей немного скучно.

  • Отличный подарок

    Отличный подарок как для деток небольшого возраста, так и для взрослых людей, начинающих погружаться в увлекательный мир английского языка.

    Достоинства:

    Красочный, ярко проиллюстрированный словарь даёт возможность наглядно выучить слова по популярным темам. Интерактивный диск, который дополняет данную книгу, в игровой форме поможет быстро и интересно выучить лексику. Английский в удовольствие - вот главное достоинство пособия! Ребята с интересом работают на уроке. Всегда ждут новой темы для пополнения своего словарного запаса новыми словами.

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    недостатков нет.



Word Stories: tenere
01/12/2011

Word stories: tenere

Steve Taylore-Knowles looks at the stories behind the English language.

Etymology works in two directions. You can take a word in modern English and work backwards to its roots, as I did last month with gossipmonger. Another way to approach it is to take a word in an ancient language and work forwards to see what sorts of word it has produced in modern English. This process often illuminates connections between words that are otherwise not obvious. It can also be surprising how much language can be created out of relatively few simple elements, just as the whole of English can be constructed out of the 44 phonemes of RP (received pronunciation) or the 26 letters of the alphabet.

Take the Latin verb tenere (to hold), for example. There are a number of different modern forms where the word has retained the spelling ten- and where the link to the original meaning is more or less obvious: tenet (dogma or principle, a belief held), tenacious (holding fast, tough), tenant (one who holds or possesses land, and by extension one who rents a place), tenure (the right to hold a position), amongst others.

Interestingly, the word also has a parallel history in combination, although spelling changes have tended to obscure the connection. In Latin, tenere could combine with a number of different prepositions used as prefixes, including ab- (off, away from), con- (together), de- (aside), inter- (among), ob- (towards), re- (back) and sub- (under). Modern English is rather like the graveyard of this process, where the forms still exist, but have mostly lost any feel that the words are composite forms: abstain, contain, detain, entertain, obtain, retain and sustain. All these underwent various spelling differences until settling on -tain¬ around the time of Shakespeare.

One more modern result of the word tenere is worth a mention. The tenor of a document is the gist or most important points (from the idea that this is what the document holds). This word is relatively rare, but the same word is more commonly used for a type of male voice. This apparently comes from the fact that that voice (between bass and alto) was usually given the melody line, the most important harmonic element, and so carried the substance of the piece of music.

Biographical Information:

Steve-Taylore-Knowles-2.jpgSteve Taylore-Knowles has spent almost two decades in ELT as a writer, a trainer, an examiner and a teacher. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Warwick, and is a Licentiate of Trinity College, London.

He has written a number of internationally-successful courses, including the five-level Laser series for teenagers and Macmillian Exam Skill for Russia series.


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